164M The History of Israel During the Maccabean Revolt
The Maccabean Revolt is one of the earliest nationalist movements in Israel. This spontaneous movement began as an unorganized response to the spread of Hellenism and the desecration of the Temple during the reign of Antiochus Epiphanes. The refusal to capitulate to the dominant powers has become an example to all liberation movement. The study of the Maccabean Revolt proves the tenacity of Israel to fight for survival under the most inauspicious circumstances. We will examine both volumes of the Maccabees to learn about the revolt and why this story is very important in Israel’s history.